Community Services Ministers met to continue discussions about actions in place to support communities, families and children to manage the impact of the Coronavirus.
The Morrison Government is extending the Towards Independent Adulthood trial in Western Australia to help support young people scheduled to leave out-of-home care in coming months.
The Morrison Government will provide $9 million to local community groups and organisations to support the work of Australia’s volunteers.
The Morrison Government is boosting funding to Men’s Referral Service and the Salvation Army to ensure more people can access support for domestic and family violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government is enhancing the user experience for Cashless Debit Card trial participants by introducing contactless payments and a 1 per cent interest rate on account balances. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston is also extending the existing trial sites until 31 December 2020.
The Morrison Government is rolling out extra measures to ensure people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence know where to get help during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Morrison Government is working with the private sector to encourage Australians who are doing it tough to seek help while in isolation and physically distancing. Major retailers Coles, IGA and Woolworths are among the businesses which will help spread the word about support services available to people at risk.
The Morrison Government will provide $1 million in grants for community organisations to provide digital devices to older Australians through the Be Connected program.
The National Redress Scheme will be assessed against a set of performance measures covering three priority areas: survivor experience, the health of the Scheme and equity of access.
Community Services Ministers met to discuss current actions underway to support communities, families and children to manage the impact of COVID-19. All Ministers acknowledged that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on multiple aspects of daily life for families and children and Ministers renewed their commitment to support families and children to navigate successfully through this difficult and unsettling period.
COVID -19 mutual obligation arrangements – Further extension of suspension and assistance to job seekers
The lifting of mutual obligations will continue until 22 May 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19. During this time employment services remain open and available to support job seekers to prepare for and find available jobs.
The Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability as we continue to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
The Morrison Government is providing an immediate $100 million funding injection to more than 300 charities and community organisations to support Australians in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.
The Morrison Government has committed more than $154 million in additional support for Australians living with disability, experiencing domestic and family violence and families doing it tough amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Morrison Government will provide $32.5 million to states and territories to immediately bolster frontline services to protect those most at risk of domestic violence as a result of living changes enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister for Health Greg Hunt, Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, and Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert have announced the establishment of an advisory group to guide development and implementation of a response plan focusing on the unique health needs of people with disability during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister - Joint Media Release - $1.1 billion to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services
More help will be given to millions of Australians battling the devastating impacts of coronavirus with a $1.1 billion package which boosts mental health services, domestic violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.
The Morrison Government will continue the suspension of mutual obligation until 27 April 2020 to support job seekers through this difficult period. As demand remains high on government services, the suspension of mutual obligation requirements will alleviate some of this congestion and give certainty to the sector.
The Morrison Government has expanded the eligibility criteria for JobSeeker Payment to support sole traders and Australians who are self-employed if their income is negatively affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus.
The Morrison Government is initiating a temporary pause on placing new eligible participants on to the Cashless Debit Card in all existing trial sites.